EyeRounds Online Atlas of Ophthalmology
Contributor: William Charles Caccamise, Sr, MD, Retired Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
*Dr. Caccamise has very generously shared his images of patients taken while operating during the "eye season" in rural India as well as those from his private practice during the 1960's and 1970's. Many of his images are significant for their historical perspective and for techniques and conditions seen in settings in undeveloped areas.
The photo demonstrates an anterior cataracta stellata. It is a congenital cataract with lens opacities that radiate toward the periphery with subcapsular and cortical changes. It involves the complicated suture system of the anterior embryonal nucleus.
References: Thiel's Atlas der Augenkrankheiten, figure 939, edition 6 in German and Sautter in Velhagen's Der Augenarzt, Volume 3, pages 555 and 556,figures 13a and 13b, in German, 1960.
This computer manipulation of the original photo of the cataracta complicata is an attempt to highlight the cataract as it follows the intricate sutures of the anterior embryonal nucleus of the lens.
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